Manipur Chief Minister N Biren singh
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An amount of Rs 2 crore has been reserved at the State Planning Department for the construction of a market shed for Muslim women at Lilong in Manipur’s Thoubal District.

This was announced by the Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh in Imphal on Friday.

Biren was speaking at the inaugural function of the three-day training programme of pilgrims for Haj-2018 organized by Manipur State Haj Committee at Old High Court Complex, North AOC in Imphal on Friday.

Biren Singh also said that the State Government would also extend all possible assistance to the Manipur State Haj Committee in constructing their office building along with a meeting hall.

Stating that the Government is sometimes compelled to make hard decisions for the welfare of the public, the Chief Minister urged all concerned to discuss all the grievances with him instead of believing rumours.

The Chief Minister also assured that he would instruct the officials concerned of the Finance Department not to delay in releasing the files related to Haj pilgrimage.

The Chief Minister said that over 30 lakh people converge at the Holy city of Mecca for pilgrimage every year, as such prior training for pilgrims is necessary to thwart any unwanted incident.

The pilgrims would be imparted training on dos and don’ts during pilgrimage, and also about the things which are to be carried and what not, information on boarding and lodging facilities, currency exchange and timing of Namaz etc.

They would also be taught about safety measures to be done at the time of occurrence of stampede and other accidents and health related precautionary measures, he added.

N Biren Singh also wished all the pilgrims for their safe return. He also urged them to pray for peace and prosperity of the State during their holy pilgrimage.

Wabagai MLA and Manipur State Haj Committee Md Fajur Rahim, Jiribam MLA Ashab Uddin, Minorities and Other Backward Classes Secretary Bobby Waikhom, Manipur Minorities and Other Backward Classes Economic Development Society (MOBEDS) Member Secretary Kh Dineshchandra and Minority Affairs Director  Ng Uttam Singh and Manipur State Haj Committee Chairperson and Haj Committee of India Member Md Amin Shah were also present at the occasion.

Sobhapati Samom is Northeast Now Correspondent in Imphal. He can be reached at: